Town receives grants for water projects

Town receives grants to help with drilling wells and lagoon upgrade

 

The Town of Rimbey has received financial support from the Province for two major projects.

Town officials recently learned a grant of $367,447 is to be received for the purpose of drilling new water wells.

Acting CAO Lori Hillis said the grant would cover approximately cost of 60 per cent of the project. This year phase one will be completed.

“We have a landman looking for locations in which to drill,” said public works director Rick Schmidt. “Negotiations are ongoing with landowners.”

He said once a location has been determined an observation well will be drilled and a primary well will be built once all tests have been completed.

Another grant of $418,608 has been received by the town, which will go towards improvements to the outfall channel at the wastewater treatment lagoon.

Schmidt said this funding would help cover about 60 per cent of the costs of the project.

The improvements involve reconstructing about three kilometers of the channel that carried stormwater and lagoon effluent.

The preliminary work on this project is to begin when in the fall and early winter.

The Alberta Government cost-shares eligible projects with smaller urban and rural municipalities to help with the design and construction of municipal water supply and treatment and wastewater treatment an disposal facilities.

“Access to clean drinking water and water-wastewater treatment systems is essential for all Albertans and their quality of life. Government is committed to ensuring Alberta families have access to clean drinking water and communities have reliable water treatment facilities,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.